Ian Stannard: Rider Profile

Ian Stannard is part of Team Sky's Classics group as well as a key domestique. The Briton is a graduate of British Cycling's Olympic Academy and has ridden with the likes of Geraint Thomas and Mark Cavendish since he was a junior

Ian Stannard wins the 2014 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
(Image credit: Watson)

IAN STANNARD

Date of birth: 25/05/1987

From: Chelmsford

Team: Sky

Previous teams: ISD (2009); Landbouwkrediet (2008); T-Mobile (2007)

Ian Stannard career profile

Ian Stannard is yet another product of the early years of British Cycling's Olympic Academy.

Stannard made his breakthrough on the road in 2007, riding the latter part of the season as a stagiaire for the T-Mobile team and winning the Milano-Brusetto race.

The young Briton then joined the Belgian Landbouwkrediet team, which although not a ProTour team, was more beneficial for Stannard as it allowed him to ride some of the Classics in the early part of the season, something which would not have been possible at a bigger team. Stannard used this opportunity to his advantage, riding and completing the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix: no mean feat for a neo-pro.

Stannard then joined the new British-backed Sky team for 2010 after a year spent with the Italo-Ukranian ISD outfit.

Stannard's move to Sky seemed to be working for him in 2010, with his most eye-catching performance coming in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne - he recorded a third place finish, following a successful breakaway move. Stannard topped that in 2011 with a stage win in the Tour of Austria from an escape group.

In 2012, Stannard won the British road race title after making a solo move from an earlier escape group, but his best season to date certainly came in 2013, where he confirmed his status as a genuine Classics contender. Sixth place at Milan-San Remo was the highlight, but Stannard was a protagonist of aggressive riding throughout the early season campaign.

After a strong 2013 classics season that nonetheless saw him come away without a victory, Stannard came good in 2014 with a win in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, out-sprinting Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). Stannard then repeated the feat in 2015, winning from a four-man escape group containing Etixx-QuickStep team-mates Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh.

Although 2016 was marked by just one victory - a stage of the Tour of Britain - Stannard put in an impressive performance at Paris-Roubaix, placing third for his first podium appearance in a Monument.

Ian Stannard results
2017
Herald Sun Tour, stage four

2016

Tour of Britain, stage three

2015

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

2014

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

2012

British national road race champion

2011

Tour of Austria; stage five

2010

Tour of Qatar, stage 1 TTT

British National Road Race Championships, 3rd

Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, 3rd


2009
Settimana Coppi e Bartali, stage 1 TTT

2008
Tour of Britain, 3rd

2007

Milano-Brusetto

Eddy Soens memorial race

2006

Under-23 European team pursuit champion

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